- 175g / 6 oz uncooked, matured short-grain rice
- 225ml / 8 fl oz cold water
- 2.5- to 5-cm /1- to 2-in strip dried kelp, wiped clean
For sushi vinegar:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar [superfine granulated sugar]
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 uncut large rolls (futomaki-zushi)
or 4 uncut small rolls (hosomaki-zushi)
or 16 finger sushi (nigiri-zushi)
This is the basic technique for producing the glutinous, vinegar-flavoured rice that forms the basis of all types of sushi. Matured, Japanese or Californian short-grain rice is essential. To vary the quantity of cooked rice, remember that the ratio of uncooked rice to water should be 1 part rice to 1 1/4 parts water.
|1. Start by washing the rice thoroughly until the water comes clear. Let the rice drain for 30 to 60 minutes. This will allow the grains to absorb moisture and start to swell.|
|2. Put the rice, water and kelp in a pan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring the mixture to the boil over a medium heat, removing the kelp just before the boiling point. Cover the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes. (Simmering time will vary depending on the quantity of rice.) Resist the temptation to lift the lid while the rice is cooking.|
|3. Turn off the heat, remove the lid and cover the pan with a teatowel. Leave to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for sushi vinegar in a pan. Heat until the sugar dissolves, then remove from the heat and pour the sushi vinegar into a cool bowl. To stop the vinegar distilling off, sit the bowl in cold water to speed cooling.|
|4. Using a wooden rice paddle, spoon the rice into a rice tub or bowl. Spread it out evenly, then run the paddle briefly through the rice cutting it first from side to side, then from top to bottom.|
|5. Continue cutting - never mashing or stirring - the rice, adding the sushi vinegar a little at a time. At the same time, ask someone to fan the rice to cool it. It should take about 10 minutes to mix in the sushi vinegar thoroughly and bring the rice to room temperature.|
Reprinted with permission from the book:
The Sushi Cookbook
Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.
This book unravels the secrets of the sushi bar to show you how to make perfect sushi at home. Its concise instructions, and detailed, full-color photography, will help you recreate these delicious and aesthetically pleasing cuisines.
ISBN 962 593 652 1
- Find this book at your local English-language bookstore in Japan
- Or use the ISBN to order from your local bookstore.
Set of five super cute figurines in the popular Japanese series of Sushi Cats, or Neko Zushi.
These collector's items are sold in gumball machines in Japan, but you never know which character you have until you open the plastic case. Our set of five includes Toromi with pink randoseru school backpack, Margo with yellow blanket, Wasabi with two cucumbers, Nyadai with lobster and leek, and Shakebu in striped tie.
According to the manufacturer, Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts, the Sushi Cats are creatures from another universe who have been visiting Earth for millennia - images of alien cats can be found in ancient Egyptian wall paintings and even the Nazca lines.
Each piece depicts a friendly cat lounging on a cushion of rice wrapped with a ribbon of seaweed.
Each figure is approx. 4 x 3 x 1.5cm.
Perfect for cat lovers, anime fans, and kawaii maniacs.
[US$ 29.50, €28, free shipping]
Tired of fumbling for pens, phone chargers and Tic Tacs in the bowels of your bag? Well, this slick pencil case in the shape of a special-purpose Japanese bullet train is a stylish solution to your problems.
Far more aerodynamically efficient than your typical pencil case*, this is a detailed replica of the first carriage of the "Doctor Yellow" Shinkansen train - a high-speed test vehicle used to monitor track conditions on the Shinkansen line. It gets its nickname from its yellow, blue-striped livery (the inverse of regular blue, yellow-striped shinkansen trains) and its diagnostic duties in testing rail conditions.
The case mirrors both the exterior and the interior design of the train, from its broad snub nose and wraparound front window to its two-door entrance to cabin and carriage. Strikingly original, it makes a perfect gift for any Japanophile, student or bullet-train afficianado.
* Based on estimates; rigorous aerodynamic testing has not been performed on this pencil case. [US$15, €13.20]